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Ahed Tamimi’s father tells Al Arabiya why he released Israeli harassment video

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

After a video emerged showing two Israeli interrogators threatening Ahed al-Tamimi, the now iconic face of the Palestinian revolution, with harassment, her father Bassem al-Tamimi sheds light on the story. Speaking to Al Arabiya.net, the 16-year-old’s father explained that the purpose behind spreading the video is to show the young girl’s power, her patience to resist and her courage. He also said that the interrogators attempted to orally harass her to break her, in turn, forcing ...

Moscow calls for meeting with Israeli ambassador after T4 Airbase strike

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Israeli ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to discuss developments in Syria following an air strike that Moscow and the Syrian regime have accused Israel of launching, a senior Russian diplomat said. The Russian military said that Israeli fighter jets launched an air strike on Monday at T4 Airbase in central Syria, killing at least 14 people, including Iranians. Israel has not commented on the raid so far. Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian presidential ...

When a family lit candles to mourn son on his 14th birthday in Gaza

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Monday should have been Hussein Madi’s 14th birthday. Instead, his family sat mourning him in a tent in Gaza.The boy was shot dead three days earlier by Israeli troops, his relatives say, the youngest of 30 Palestinians killed in an ongoing protest at the border with Israel.His mother Eman cried as she greeted friends, relatives and neighbors outside the family’s home.“He asked me to buy him a T-Shirt and trousers, and take him for lunch, just me and him,” Eman said. ...

Female Holocaust survivors honored for their heroism

Monday, 9 April 2018

A group of female Holocaust survivors in Israel have been treated to a pampering "makeover" in advance of the country's annual remembrance day. Seventy survivors, representing Israel's 70th anniversary, were treated on Monday to manicuring, hair styling and make-up as part of an event titled "Beauty Heroines." Organizers said it was a gesture towards Israel's elderly survivor population who endured the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II when six million Jews died. ...

WATCH: Threats, innuendo in Israel questioning of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi

Monday, 9 April 2018

The family of Palestinian teen protest icon Ahed Tamimi on Monday released excerpts from a video in which an Israeli interrogator threatens the then-16-year-old with the arrest of her relatives if she refuses to cooperate. The interrogator also comments on her body, fair skin and “eyes of an angel.” The interrogator, said to be an agent of the Israeli military intelligence branch, at times moves within inches of the teenager who doesn’t respond and repeatedly asserts her right ...

Israeli jets target northern Gaza position after alleged ‘infiltration attempt’

Monday, 9 April 2018

Israeli fighter jets targeted a Hamas “military target” in northern Gaza Monday in response to Palestinians infiltrating the border and laying bombs the previous day, the army said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from Gaza. The Israeli strike came a day after suspects crossed the northern Gaza border fence, leaving “explosive devices” that were found by the army. The border fence between the Palestinian enclave and Israel has become the backdrop ...

From Gaza border to Ahed’s prison cell, Palestinian youth united by pain and resistance

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Starting Friday, March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians amassed at Gaza’s eastern border gearing up for protests and vigils that are expected to last until May 15. On that date, 70 years ago, Israel declared its independence, resulting in the exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. There is more to this unique act of popular mobilization than the need to underscore the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees, as enshrined in international law, or to commemorate Land Day, an ...

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EU asks whether Israel used ‘proportionate’ force in Gaza

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The EU raised questions Saturday about whether Israeli troops engaged in “proportionate use of force” in the latest border clashes that left nine Palestinians dead in the Gaza Strip. The European Union”s diplomatic arm also called for clarification of Israeli military reports that Palestinians stoned and firebombed their positions and tried to cross the fence into the Jewish state on Friday. It stressed that Israeli live fire killed at least nine Palestinians, including a minor ...

Palestinian journalist killed after being shot by Israeli forces

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces during clashes along the Gaza border has died, the health ministry in the strip said Saturday. Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, was hit during clashes Friday, the ministry said. Israeli troops killed nine men on Friday in the second mass protest in as many weeks along Gaza’s volatile border, as Palestinians torched piles of tires to create a smoke screen to block the view of snipers. Friday’s deaths ...

Egypt’s Copts on ‘forbidden’ path to Jerusalem, despite vague pilgrimage ban

Saturday, 7 April 2018

The ban on pilgrimage to Jerusalem is associated to the late Pope Shenouda III who objected to the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel and refused to accompany Sadat on his visit to Israel. “I will never go to Jerusalem except hand-in-hand with my Muslim brothers after the end of the Israeli occupation,” said Shenouda in his famous statement, justifying the ban whose violators were denied communion and at times threatened with excommunication. The ban, however, dates back to ...

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